Ford has announced a $200m spend at Ohio Assembly to build Super Duty chassis cabs

Ford has announced a $200m spend at Ohio Assembly to build Super Duty chassis cabs

Ford announced on Tuesday it would spend US$1.6bn to upgrade two of its factories in Michigan and Ohio, creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the US.

The $1.4bn spend at the Livonia transmission plant and $200m at Ohio Assembly are part of the $9bn commitment the company made in the 2015 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement to continue investing in its US plants.

Ford has spent $12bn on its US plants and created nearly 28,000 US jobs in the past five years.

"We are proud that Ford employs more hourly workers and builds more vehicles in the United States than any other automaker," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president, The Americas, in a statement.

The $1.4bn creates or retains 500 hourly jobs at Livonia Transmission to build a new 10-speed gearbox to be first introduced in the F-150 Raptor pickup truck and other F-150 models. The $200m and 150 hourly workers at Ohio Assembly, in Avon Lake, will be used to build F-Series Super Duty chassis cab models.

Ford said it had "committed to 2,800 US jobs in the past five months" as well as 8,500 hourly jobs across the US during the next four years in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York and Ohio.

"I am thrilled that through our collective bargaining with Ford we were able to secure a substantial investment for the communities of Southeast Michigan and Northeast Ohio," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department.

Livonia Transmission employs 1,550 building a six-speed transmission used in Mustang, F-150, Transit and Expedition models. Ten-speed production begins in June. Ohio Assembly employs 1,650 people and began building F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab models earlier this year. The plant also produces the larger F-650 and F-750 "insourced" (transferred) from Mexico last year, plus E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis.

Ford and other US automakers are under pressure to cut vehicle production costs but have attracted criticism for transferring assembly to Mexico. Earlier this month, presidential candidate Donald Trump attacked Ford after it said it would boost its competitiveness by spending US$1.6bn on a new small car plant in in San Luis Potosi state, Mexico. Construction begins this summer and the new plant will create 2,800 additional direct jobs by 2020.

Ford countered by saying it had spent around $10.2bn on factories in the US alone in the last five years with additional spending including $2.7bn in facilities and supplier tooling at Valencia in Spain (following the closure of a plant in Belgium), $2.4bn in Germany and – with local joint venture partners – $4.8bn in China.

"All of these investments are part of the company's plan to serve global markets and deliver profitable growth," the automaker said.

But Trump labeled the move "an absolute disgrace", adding: "These ridiculous, job crushing transactions will not happen when I am president."

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Ford Invests $1.6 Billion in U.S. Plants, Creates 650 Hourly Jobs in Michigan and Ohio

Ford is investing a total of $1.6 billion in its Livonia Transmission and Ohio Assembly plants

The investment is part of the company's commitment to invest $9 billion and create or retain 8,500 hourly jobs in its U.S. facilities during the next four years

In the past five years, Ford has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created nearly 28,000 total U.S. jobs

DEARBORN, Mich., April 26, 2016 – Ford Motor Company is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade two of its manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio, and creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the United States.

The $1.4 billion investment in Livonia Transmission Plant and $200 million investment in Ohio Assembly Plant are part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement to continue investing in its U.S. plants.

Ford has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created a total of nearly 28,000 U.S. jobs in the past five years.

"We are proud that Ford employs more hourly workers and builds more vehicles in the United States than any other automaker," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. "We are committed to manufacturing in the United States, as we have been for more than 100 years."

Ford's latest investment creates or retains 500 hourly jobs in Michigan at Livonia Transmission Plant to build a new 10-speed transmission to be first introduced in the all-new F-150 Raptor and certain F-150 models. The investment and 150 hourly jobs at Ohio Assembly Plant, located in Avon Lake, will be used to build Super Duty chassis cab. Both F-Series trucks are part of Ford's toughest, smartest, most capable truck lineup ever.

Ford has committed to 2,800 U.S. jobs in the past five months. The company has committed to a total of 8,500 hourly jobs in the U.S. during the next four years in communities across Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York and Ohio.

"I am thrilled that through our collective bargaining with Ford we were able to secure a substantial investment for the communities of Southeast Michigan and Northeast Ohio," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. "The men and women of both Livonia Transmission and Ohio Assembly have shown a great commitment to manufacturing quality products, and we look forward to their continued success."

Livonia Transmission Plant
Livonia Transmission Plant employs more than 1,550 people. It builds a six-speed transmission that is used in a number of products including Mustang, F-150, Transit and Expedition. Production begins in June for the new 10-speed transmission.

Ohio Assembly Plant
Ohio Assembly Plant employs more than 1,650 people. It began building F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations earlier this year. The plant also produces Ford F-650 and F-750, which was insourced from Mexico last year, as well as Ford E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis. 

Original source: media.ford.com